noun Geology.
an irregular columnar structure in certain limestones, the columns being approximately at right angles to the bedding planes.

1865–70; stylo-2 + -lite

stylolitic [stahy-luh-lit-ik] , adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To stylolite
World English Dictionary
stylolite (ˈstaɪləˌlaɪt)
any of the small striated columnar or irregular structures within the strata of some limestones
[C19: from Greek stulos pillar + -lite]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Science Dictionary
stylolite   (stī'lə-līt')  Pronunciation Key 
A contact surface usually found between two calcareous rock layers, marked by a series of jagged interlocking up-and-down projections that resemble a suture or the tracing of a stylus. Stylolites are found in rocks that have been subjected to pressure and are formed by a process, called pressure dissolution, whereby insoluble material, such as clay and hydrocarbons, becomes concentrated along a surface while other more soluble material, such as calcite, is carried away.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Thin, closely spaced stylolite seams occur in zones rich in pyrite.
Mudstone is the dominant fabric for stylolite and fracture development.
The dissolution event post-dates all of the stylolite and fracture generations in this dolomite.
Related Words
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature